Well we made it! As of the end of the year, we are officially the parents of a one year old! Of course, we had to celebrate in style. Since we were hosting at home and the guests were primarily adults, I didn't go too crazy with a theme but rather kept it sort of loosely tied to the cold weather that would be expected this time of year. It was a bum rush getting Christmas stuff down and birthday stuff up just a few days after Christmas but I think a good time was had by all. Enough blabbing, on to the photos...
I bucked my natural instinct to do a more elaborate invitation and went with a simple card that asked guests to "come in from the cold and have some fun, agatha is turning one...". I also repurposed the abominable snowman Christmas centerpiece into a birthday party decoration and left the "Baby It's Cold Outside" sign I made earlier this month to welcome guests at the front door.
It was a little hard to see here (next time I need to use black window marker, not white!) but I put up a few fun Agatha facts on our dining room mirror. Favors were make your own snowmen kits found at a discount shop that I added some fill and hot cocoa packets to before adding a tag that read: Thanks a million for coming, here is something to take. Just add some fresh snow and a snowman you'll make.
We hired a local puppeteer to perform for the kids and set up our own makeshift puppet theater using some tiny ikea chairs and a sign made of cut out card stock strung on fishing line. Lastly I decorated the house with as many photos as I could fit on my walls.
Since a good number of the guests were adults, we knew we had to feed them well. On offer was a hot cocoa bar with all the fixings served along side homemade marshmallows. I made the hot chocolate sign on the wood slice using some chalk paint and white gel pen. A marshmallow tree finished off the tablescape.
In terms of food, the highlight was certainly the delicious Belgium waffles made by food truck masters, wafels and dinges (if you are in NY, do not miss your chance at trying these!). To finish off, my sister in law made a simply delicious and beautiful cake. I don't think anyone left hungry!
The kids all seemed to enjoy the puppet show, all of the guests seemed to enjoy the food and we were so happy to have so many people join us to celebrate.